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Three Transfer Setbacks in Five Days For Newcastle

8:27 am, Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

This was going to be the week where we would get some striker(s) through the door, and manager Alan Pardew was hopeful of having somebody in before the St. Mirren game on Tuesday night, and after the 2-0 win he said he was hopeful of getting someone in before the game at Rangers next Tuesday night.

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Bafetimbi Gomis – Newcastle can still do this deal

It all started on Monday morning when we learned that Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas had turned down Newcastle’s increased offer of £6.8M for French International striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who is a free agent next summer.

That was a good offer from Newcastle, and there is still hope we can get him through the door,  and it looks like some of our Frenchmen like Moussa Sissoko or in communication with him, which is very positive.

And then Joe Kinnear went after Darren Bent, probably our third choice target, but he needn’t have bothered as it turned out we were willing to offer only £2M to Aston Villa and couldn’t get close to matching Bent’s wages of £70K/week,  and it looks like the door is now open for Fulham to sign him.

And then late yesterday there was a bit of a blow when we heard from QPR boss Harry Redknapp, that the club were unwilling to loan out Loic Remy, although QPR then announced they had signed Charlie Austin from Burnley.

That may help to change things, but it looks like Tottenham could sell Gareth Bale for over £100M to Real Madrid (Newcastle didn’t bother bidding)  and Spurs will use some of the money to strengthen their side, and both Remy and Gomis has been mentioned as potential targets in some reports.

So while things don’t look too good at the moment, one positive thing to end on – things cannot get any worse than they are now.

That’s true isn’t it? :D

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47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon73 // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    It’s comedy capers at the Toon

  • 2 JAMSHA // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM


  • 3 magpie6699 // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Not sure Spurs would be that interested in Gomis or Remy. Haven’t they just bought a striker and if they get a wadge of cash like that for Bale, surely they will aim higher – no disrespect to us or the 2 players. Selling clubs will also know they can hold them to ransom!

  • 4 Edd Case // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Just so depressing.

    Seems bar that January window, or transfer windows these days are pathetic.

    We used to be so good at getting quality players in.

    I absolutely dread us not signing new players for the coming season.

    HBA will inevitably be knacked early on, Cisse is our only top striker, Tiote will face suspension, our defence isn’t exactly rock solid and we still can’t score from a corner.

  • 5 Klatoon // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Think of it this way lads,

    1. we’ve got the most settled squad, our players know each other quite well.

    2.They all know they let the club and themselves down last season.

    3. We are NUFC, we surprise, when expectations are high (last season) we under achieve, when they are low ( couple seasons ago) we almost get into the CL!

    4. We are bloody Newcastle United!!!

    That worked? Nah…didnt think so, we need to sign strikers ASAP

  • 6 Tyldesley Toon // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    ‘Things cannot get any worse’
    Tempting fete there Ed

  • 7 Burni // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    It could get worse. He could sell cabaye and hba and extend pardews contract.

    How u think we went from being top five and playing well, with a swagger, week in week out to near relegation? Something must have happened….

  • 8 Tyldesley Toon // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:36 AM


  • 9 Burni // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:36 AM


  • 10 Tyldesley Toon // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    I blamed most if the season on formation, inability to pass properly and what looked like fatigue after every game reached 70 minutes

  • 11 ~Joke-innear~ // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    A pig would sooner grow wings before JFK gets someone through the door.

    Plans are underway to implement a full page photo to be used as the defition for the words

    - useless
    - pathetic
    - clueless
    - Tw@t
    - Imbecile
    and lastly incompetent.

  • 12 giimps // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Its great being a toon fan under Cashley and his minions.
    My only hope is that we get a new owner who is prepared to at least speculate to accumulate based on financial rewards available, each place up the league we are at the end of the season means we get an extra 1.25 mil or there abouts, so spend the extra 1 mil for Gomis and get Remy, there goals would in all probability push us up to mid table meaning an extra 12 mil, and then you have there resale value when they are scoring…..well it makes sense to me anyway……come on lets just get it done…….please?

  • 13 Tyldesley Toon // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    I realised I’d spelt it wrong as soon as a pressed publish

  • 14 Bambams // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Didn’t Pardew say mistakes had been made last year and they would not be making them again.

    I still maintain the only reason we have not signed anyone yet is because we have not sold anyone to fund them. If PSG had bid and bought Cabaye for say £20-25 million we would have signed our strikers. Ashley wont use the tv monies or merchandise money or HIS money…..


  • 15 browny // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Let me guess comes to last day of the transfer window and club says they tried but we’re unsuccessful in bringing someone in ! Wow what a chairman we have here we are 2 signings from having a decent squad well except our left wing but beggars can’t be choosers just remember fans he won’t be here forever its just a waiting game now !

  • 16 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM


    Yes i was wondering how you would tempt a school or church fair :D

  • 17 Burni // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Well one positive out of that browny should surely be that JFK wouldbe shown the door……. Surely?

  • 18 browny // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Burni yes we hope but remember he probably is our future manager again he did say that we had a good squad and record under him what a joke

  • 19 Tyldesley Toon // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    I’d have a school for church fair if it brought some cash in for players

  • 20 scout // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Imagine if that’s true you turn up with your client, bent in this case and a man sits infront of you and offers 2 million for a guy who was sold for 18 million 2 years ago????
    Has it ever happened in world football?
    Kinnear has the best job in the world, just turns up offers something that will be turned down and goes home.

  • 21 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    The TOON are going to get no one in this summer unless they sell a purpleeeeeeee.
    Joe Kinnear is in as a buffer between Ashley and Pardew. His only role at the minute is to scupper any deals by talking sh*t and maybe also getting rid of Pardew by frustrating him.

  • 22 lesh // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Last season was over in June, Kinnear was put into the club to oversee player comings and goings, it’s now August and the new season starts in a fortnight and the transfer window closes soon.

    So, where are we?

    We’ve lost players. We’ve watched supposed targets go elsewhere. It’s taken over two months to find out that Remy is unlikely to be loaned to us. Likewise that Bent is too expensive and his wage expectations too high. We seem to be at an impasse over Gomis. We’ve one and a bit strikers (Shola being the bit).

    Do we see any signs of incomers to the first team? What a shambles of a football club!

  • 23 Tubai // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Sometimes i wonder why did Mike Ashley buy Newcastle United?

  • 24 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    We have really been one striker light since ba left, and have been short of quality back up since we arrived in the prem. We needed a versatile forward last summer, and we needed to replace Ba in jan. Neither happened. Surely even though Ashley is devoid of a footballing brain, he has enough evidence to realise we need these players NOW! It is getting really silly.

    Thought id get some comments in before this site gets trolled out of existence for the day

  • 25 bully76 // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Its getting ridicilous now that we cant get a player through the door,the only good thing to come out of this is it shows how unsuited joe kinnear is for job and how much crap he talks.I am a loyal newcastle fan for over twenty years and live in ireland,i travel over to 2 or 3 games a year which isnt cheap when travel hotels and match tickets are involved.I have taught about moving to newcastle so i could go to matches more as like most newcastle fans i am very passionate about team.Iam however getting fedup with ashley and his lack of ambition and passion for the club i love,i wont be going over this year to give him more of my money,this is the biggest season in premiership history with more money available than ever to cclubs from the tv rights yet we have signed no one,wh yis graham carr bothering to do his good work scouting.we have a good squad and with an outlay of 20 million or so could get a few good players in to make us even stronger instead of letting ever other club around us strenghten,heres hoping we can get something done in next week or 2,afterall we were meant to be learning from our mistakes last year of a small squad.

  • 26 Magpie Myles // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Swansea looked good last night, shame we don’t play their style of football. Good debut for Bony as well.

    Oh well, comon Shola, your our secret weapon!

  • 27 cestriasteve // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    It’s a crying shame when you see the 2 new signings for a little team like Swansea settling in so quickly. If u have ever been to Swansea you wouldn’t believe that such a small town could pull off the structure and team they have built. I think something is seriously wrong at NUFC. I know that gate revenue bares little effect on teams these days but of Net spend over the last 2 seasons has got to be less than Swansea , we get more than 15 thousand more fans than Spurs and we can’t be mentioned in the same breath as them as far as transfers are concerned !!

  • 28 lesh // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    giimps….. Speculate to accumulate makes sense to a lot of people apart from…….

    Maybe those that do think that way are missing something.

    Swansea got a good result last night – any more to be said?

  • 29 scout // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Maybe he should consider a zero hours approach?

  • 30 Scottiedog // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    To stop any more high hopes and disappointment I am not reading anymore blogs until Sept 1st……….

  • 31 lesh // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    scout, ye jest.

    You can bet your boots that some of the staff at SJP are on zero hour contracts.

  • 32 Ben3arfa // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    The Kinnear & Ashley Circus

    Come right in folks

  • 33 lesh // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Tyldesley Toon // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    ‘I realised I’d spelt it wrong as soon as a pressed publish’.

    How could you mis-spell it? It that is.

  • 34 JAMSHA // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    too make us a wee club… coz his a mackhem

  • 35 Rotonda heights // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Oh to be Swansea with a knowledgeable footballing chairman and a great attacking footballing manager.

    We have someone who knows nothing about football and a negative hoof ball manager. A-R-G-H !!!!!!!

  • 36 Toon73 // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    4 weeks left..can’t wait to hear all the BS excuses come out

  • 37 lesh // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Ben3arfa // Aug 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    The Kinnear & Ashley Circus featuring clowns, jugglers, illusionists, tight-rope walkers, performing seals – in town now!!

  • 38 geordiemark // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    just look at ashleys 20,000 employees at sports direct on zero hours to save the tight bastard money so he doesnt have to pay them sick money or holiday money what kind of a man does that to his own workforce and expect loyalty, now look at the toon hes making a bomb from free advertising,tv money, ect ect a fortune he wont spend a penny on players like others have said he thought he could sell a few players like cabaye,cissie maybe krul to bankroll new players the mans a moron of the highest order the sooner he sells up the better for all concerned

  • 39 Assam Toon // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    really like the way the spurs owner has been refusing to sell bale for so long. and even if he does, he will have a shipload of money. the way he has tried to hold on to a player of bale’s calibre for so long speaks volume of his intentions as a football club owner.

  • 40 Santon03 // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    sorry repost

    I don’t know how many players has been sold or let go by the Scums, I haven’t followed any news about them (actually I don’t really care).
    But if they buy more than they sold, that means they have too many players and huge wage bill, they could be the next Leeds or Portsmouth

  • 41 alka // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    The answer to the subject of the article is quite simple, who in their right mind would sign for a club that has Joe F***kinear as their Director of Football.

  • 42 Ben3arfa // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Spurs are now after Loic Remy

    well isnt that just great lol

  • 43 Billythefish // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The club has upto now shown no desire or ambition to strengthen the team. Ashley’s blueprint for success is flawed, name another team in this years premiership that has has so much bad press? Wonga Kinear Pardew,Labazee, Ashley, the clubs rotten to the core. I can’t wait till the fat man sells up and pisses off .
    Our club is in limbo with these buffoons.

  • 44 tomellifred360 // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Tweet from Tony Fernandes

    “Some players want to play in the premier league due to world cup. Loans are a good option. As we hope to come back to the premier league” (Tweeted 7 hours ago)

    It would appear that him and Redknapp are saying different things.

  • 45 thai-mag // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    of course it will get worse, we haven’t sold any of our top players yet, then it will be last minute panic buys as replacements

  • 46 scottydog // Aug 2, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Wilfred Bony was superb last night, another one that got away. Not every deal can be like Cabeye or Tiote. Sometimes you actually have to pay the market value. Newcastle don’t play hard ball in transfers as they say, it’s just cheap, cheap, cheap. Ashley didn’t become a billionaire by spending it all I guess.

  • 47 banjax // Aug 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I have to back the Toon in their transfer (what transfers) dealings. Darren Bent £70k a week and £8m fee who is injured for chunks of the season. Then there is Loic Remy who may be missing for one or two seasons if found guilty of rape allegations, not to mention £90k a week in wages and a £6m fee – it puzzles me why they went in for these two players in the first place and didn’t look elsewhere. There are some excellent buys out there but it seems by focusing too much scouting in France our club is missing out on players in other countries. Time will tell, but I reckon Pardew has the first three games of the season to show Ashley he can produce a winning team or he’s a gonner.

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